No Ordinary Season
Read The Reviews
"No Ordinary Season is an extraordinary story with all the idiosyncrasies a runner can relate to. It reveals the pressured life of high school students with a deeper philosophical story. James Jacobs tells a beautiful tale, taking the reader on the emotional and physical ride that is youth"–Deena Kastor, bronze medal winner in the marathon at 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece; American record holder in the marathon, and eight-time national champion in cross country.
No Ordinary Season. An impressively compelling, exceptionally well written, inherently fascinating, and unfailingly entertaining read from beginning to end, No Ordinary Season is an extraordinary novel that is certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library General Fiction collections, as is very highly recommended for the personal reading lists of those who appreciated a finely crafted, multilayered 'coming of age' novel. --Midwest Book Review
“No Ordinary Season is no ordinary book. I became so absorbed in Cassie's narrative that I forgot it was not written by a teen-age girl, but an adult male.
Her growth, both emotional and physical, are wonderfully depicted...James Jacobs...obviously did heavy research on the feelings of teens in general and girls in particular.
I recommend this book to all readers....”–Lynn Evans, author “The Poor Tinker and the Elves,” Cricket, Sept. ‘16
“I thoroughly enjoyed [Jacobs’] characters... [the running] scenes had me on the edge of my seat...this was a great story”–Teralyn Mitchell,
Freelance Editors Association
"Jim Jacobs has created a fresh new voice for young adults. High school sports form the backdrop not only for the aspirations of his heroine [Cassie Garnet], but also for her growing understanding of the bigotry that exists in her hometown, a subject he addresses candidly"–Emily Buehler, author of Somewhere & Nowhere.
About The Author
JAMES V. JACOBS was educated at Marion College (now Indiana Wesleyan
University) and Western Illinois University. While in college, he worked in the
Civil Rights Movement with National Urban League affiliates in Indiana. After
college, Jacobs taught fifth grade in the Galesburg, IL public schools for thirty-five
years. Upon retiring from the Galesburg Schools, he taught writing for ten years at
Carl Sandburg Community College in Galesburg.
During and after his years in the classroom, Jacobs received a number or awards
for his teaching and commitment to human relations. Among these are the Award
of Excellence from the Illinois Math and Science Academy, League of Latin
American Citizens (LULAC)Teacher of the Year, Honored Teacher Award from
the University of Iowa, Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from Indiana
Wesleyan University, Outstanding Dedication to Education Citation from Boston
University, and the Human Relations Award from the Galesburg Human Relations
Commission. Additionally, Jacobs was part owner of Human Relations Associates,
Inc., a business that dealt with issues of racism through education and conflict
Jacobs's essays and short stories have appeared in The Prairie Journal, the
political and social commentary The Zephyr, the literary/art magazine Phizzogs,
and he authored A Teacher's Guide to Voices of the Prairie Land.
No Ordinary Season is his first published novel.